Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 23

Take the Celestra

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Apr 01, 1979 on ABC

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  • Just as Starbuck rediscovers an old flame, Aurora, the electronics ship Celestra is caught up in not one, but two mutinies.

    Again, perhaps driving home the differences between the 1978 and 2003 versions of Battlestar Galactica, this episode offers us a glimmer of complexity in its treatment of class amongst the fleet, but generally weakens the tension with a lack of development and an overly-tangled plot.

    Starbuck's relationship with a new character (but an old flame) Aurora gives us some new perspective on his relationship with Cassiopeia, but things remain generally where they were before the episode started.

    More interesting is the development of a critique of civilian life among the fleet -- Kronus is offered as an tyrannical ruler, constantly insisting on double shifts and meeting unrealistic quotas. It reminds us how much the show focuses on a single perspective (the military elite) without much exploring what life might be like for the other 219 ships in the fleet.

    However, the first wave of mutineers are slapped on the wrist after helping to save their own skin when Charka plans a mutiny of his own -- apparently, they return to the Celestra and life continues on as usual. Kronus saves the Celestra from crashing (?), and thus dies a heroic death without confirming or refuting his own crimes of worker exploitation.

    All in all, the episode goes some interesting places, but backtracks on a lot of avenues that might illuminate life in the fleet. The plot gets in the way of asking some harder questions -- but the episode is enjoyable nevertheless.